Jyleah Sorzano-Julien (front right) presents a cheque for $500 and several donated knapsacks and bags to Kathryn Drysdale (front left), a social work student at Laurier’s Brantford campus. The funds and bags will support Moving Us Forward, a student-led initiative that works to put knapsacks and duffel bags in the hands of children and teens in the foster care system so they can move with dignity.
Moving Us Forward was initiated after a group of Laurier social work students read the memoir of a former foster child, who recalled having to move her belongings in garbage bags. Sorzano-Julien, a Laurier alumna, is now enrolled in police studies at Mohawk College. Inspired by the work of her peers at her alma mater, she obtained the $500 donation from Mohawk College and several bags to support the program.
Joining Sorzano-Julien and Drysdale are (back row, left to right) policing student Cameron Lang, Leigh Savage of Brant Family and Children’s Services, Laurier Professor Nancy Freymond and policing student Christopher Hurley.